They sipped mocktails, chatted nervously and kept hands protectively on the books between them.“It gives you an ice breaker right away — ‘What’s your book about?’” said Samantha Hinz, a 24-year-old master’s student in civil engineering who came to the event hoping to find a spark with a fellow book-lover.Either way, the point of an introduction is to familiarize yourself with a new person or book, perhaps one who will become very dear to you.Sometimes after the first date, you realize that you aren’t compatible, and you part ways. You dive right in with relatively minimal information and a recommendation from a friend, who may become a former friend if things go horribly wrong.With books, sometimes you either stop reading or finish the book but don’t feel like revisiting it again. Such is the situation with blind dates, and the same can happen with books.Some local libraries have tried “blind dates” with books, covering books and providing minimal information about plot and genre to pique readers’ interest.The events see single book-lovers gathering at libraries with a meaningful book tucked under their arm, hoping to find love amongst bookshelves. It’s very isolating at times.”On a rainy Friday evening 64 singles packed into a library basement near College St. They were split into two age groups – ages 20 to 34 and ages 35 and up.
“If it ends in romance, that’s great,” says Prisbrey, “but it’s really just a ‘singles’ event in a library, rather than a bar scene.” Those who participate in the event get a chance to win a pair of tickets to see a play at Signature Theatre (right next door to the Shirlington Branch library), plus local restaurants donate refreshments.The first event was catered by Ruth Chris Steak House, the second by Extra Virgin (Italian cuisine), and the third event featured cupcakes donated by Cake Love.Johnny Rockets and Capitol City Brewery have also offered food donations.Some introductions are more awkward than others, and some captivate you from the first words.Some characters take awhile to get to know, because they require describing the alternate world they live in or they have a complex back story.